StarWars.com writer and editor Dan Brooks posted an interesting image on Twitter. It looks like he was visiting Lucasfilm's motion capture set. Could this be our first look at the Episode 7 initial pre-shoots? ...
The tweet has been removed by the request of Dan Brooks. He said once again that this is not Episode 7 related. Move along... :)
The set in the background definitely looks like the one Lucasfilm used for Star Wars: 1313. Even the Artoo unit looks the same.
Here's the video Lucasfilm posted a few months ago showcasing the mo-cap technology:
Now the question is: "Are they using the same technology for Episode 7?" If yes then this definitely is a picture from some initial mo-cap tests for the new movie. Remember that few months ago Lucasfilm themselves said that they will be using video game engines in the film-making process:
Lucasfilm's chief technology strategy officer Kim Libreri announced that the developments in computer graphics have meant Lucasfilm has been able to transfer its techniques to film-making, shifting video game assets into movie production.
Real-time motion capture and the graphics of video game engines, Libreri claimed, will increasingly be used in movie creation, allowing post-production effects to be overlayed in real time.
Or maybe Brooks visited the Star Wars: 1313 set but as we know that game was cancelled so I doubt that all the equipment is just sitting there and not used.
Dan Brooks posted a clarification:
To clarify, the photo of me and R2 has absolutely nothing to do with Episode 7. Just having some fun at work.
— Dan Brooks (@dan_brooks) January 22, 2014